CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Lincoln" is dry, therefore Oscar Worthy

At the age of eighteen, I essayed the role of Abraham Lincoln for **An American Suite,** a dance recitial for the Dillard School of Performing Arts. On the first day of full make up, President Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981. It was an errie paraell given that Lincoln was the first assassinated President in American History.

**Lincoln** is a film that focuses on the final months of the 16th President's life and the beginning of his second term of office. With historical hindsight, we know the Civil War is winding up, yet Director Steven Spielberg presents the dark reality of a depressed man who is trying to preserve the union. It takes a master like Spielberg to weave personal empathy with iconic imagery.

When I was cast as Lincoln, it was because I was rail thin 6'3" baritone. In my research, I learned that Honest Abe actually had a tenor voice, which he used effectively in his famous outdoor debates with Stephen Douglass. British-Irish Master Thespian Daniel Day-Lewis accepts this interpretation and channels the spirit of Lincoln.

Day-Lewis is likely to be nominated for an Oscar, but he is supported in every scene by a fine ensemble cast featuring Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. **Lincoln** is a dry piece of history that should be seen on some free afternoon.
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